Monica Hoss

Monica is mama to Luca (4) and Lila (1). She and her husband Chris are Woodbury natives and love raising their kids in this St. Paul suburb. Monica splits her time between working part time as a child and maternal health dietitian and her consulting business, Monica Hoss Nutrition and Wellness. Her drink of choice at Starbucks is an iced vanilla sweet cream cold brew and her wine of choice is a malbec. Monica enjoys staying active through running and trying out fitness studios. Her favorite writing topics are child nutrition and the challenges of motherhood. Her perfect evening would include family and friends gathered on her patio with a good cheese board and wine. You can find her blogging about nutrition over at Monica Hoss Nutrition. Follow her on Instagram to keep up with her family adventures.

Patience, Not Pressure: How to Raise a Healthy Eater

After decades of increasing, the childhood obesity rate is starting to level off. However, the rate is still alarmingly high. Did you know that 1 in 3 children aged 10-17 are considered obese? Childhood overweight/obesity...
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My Secret to Back-to-School Sanity: Meal Prep Tips & Tricks

Labor Day is just around the corner and with that comes the unofficial end to summer. It means our lives are getting busier as we get back into a school routine filled with activities....

I Want to Be a Playful Mom

“You need to be more playful.” My mom said those words to me after I had just yelled, “NO!” for the third time. My son had tried to spray me with his water gun as we...
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Building Healthy Habits One Lunch At A Time

Back to school is just around the corner, and that means getting back into the habit of making lunches for your kids! Building a lunch can go beyond just simply feeding your child. It...

Two Ingredient, Essential Oil Tick Repellent

It seems like every week I hear another local news story warning about ticks and the diseases they carry- Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, etc. Just today I heard about a new type of tick-...

Kid-Friendly, Mom-Approved Hidden Vegetable Smoothies

If you're anything like me, then you're always looking for new ways to get your kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. The reality is that most of our kids don't get excited to eat a big plate...

Parenting a High Needs Child

My first born is a high needs child. He has needed extra attention from the very beginning. His birth was uneventful but within a few hours he was whisked into the NICU due to...

Resources and Tips for Healthy Weeknight Meals

I am going to guess that you know exactly what you should be feeding your family. You know what the experts recommend: more veggies and home cooked meals; less sugar and convenience foods. It's not a matter...

Valentine’s Day Cookie Bouquets

My love language has always been food. I love making food for others as a way to express my love and gratitude. I'll jump at any reason to bake or cook for others. Naturally,...

Why I Created a Vision Board

2016 was a hard year for me. Going from one to two kids wasn't easy. Neither of our kids were sleeping well, our first born was challenging us to the point of tears, and...

‘Tis the Season to Volunteer: Resources for the Whole Family

We are right in the middle of the holiday season. The season is likely filled with holiday movies, baking cookies, figuring out where to move your mischievous Elf, trips to see Santa, shopping for...

That One Time We Took Our Kids Out for Dinner

I'll admit that I am sharing this mostly so that I can remember what happens when going out to eat with two young kids.  Next time the urge strikes, I'll come back and read this. Perhaps your family...

Mamas, You Need to Try Online Grocery Shopping

Online shopping is nothing new. But have you tried online grocery shopping? Mamas, this is a game changer. I recently ordered groceries online from our local grocery store. We had flown in late the night before...

Birthday Layer Cake with Surprise M&M’S Filling

A week before my son's third birthday, I saw that our lovely Twin Cities Moms Blog founder, Beth, had made the most amazing birthday cake for her daughter. I knew my son would love the cake...